Knot for trying

News Sep 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

The nimble fingers of two Scouts from a west Mountain troop may get international recognition this weekend.

Natalie Gordon, 13, and Draik Maskell, 15, will attempt to establish a youth record time in the six-knot challenge.

Standing in front of a specially designed jig, they will attempt to tie the six knots — sheet bend, reef, round turn/two half hitches, bowline, sheepshank and clove hitch — in under 12 seconds. They regularly break the 13-second mark.

Natalie and Draik have been training for the past year under the careful eye of John Staley, scout leader of the 81st Hamilton Scouts.

“Every month we get together and they get faster and faster,” says Staley.

“I would say they are the two fastest knot tiers, especially for their age, in North America, if not the world.”

The knot challenge is generally the domain of adults, says Staley. He hasn’t heard of many youth trying it, and there is no official record time recorded, so he considers the local duo the record holders.

“If anybody wants to challenge them, it’s up to them to come to us.”

Knot tying has faded to the background in scouting in recent years. As serious knot tyers, Staley and some others are trying to preserve the tradition. They founded the Southern Ontario Knot Tyers, a chapter of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

This Friday through Sunday at the Dundurn Castle Coach House, the southern Ontario group is hosting the international guild’s annual conference. It’s the first time the conference has been held in Canada.

The public is invited to come out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon.

For full details, see knotcanada2014.webs.com.

Knot for trying

News Sep 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

The nimble fingers of two Scouts from a west Mountain troop may get international recognition this weekend.

Natalie Gordon, 13, and Draik Maskell, 15, will attempt to establish a youth record time in the six-knot challenge.

Standing in front of a specially designed jig, they will attempt to tie the six knots — sheet bend, reef, round turn/two half hitches, bowline, sheepshank and clove hitch — in under 12 seconds. They regularly break the 13-second mark.

Natalie and Draik have been training for the past year under the careful eye of John Staley, scout leader of the 81st Hamilton Scouts.

“Every month we get together and they get faster and faster,” says Staley.

“I would say they are the two fastest knot tiers, especially for their age, in North America, if not the world.”

The knot challenge is generally the domain of adults, says Staley. He hasn’t heard of many youth trying it, and there is no official record time recorded, so he considers the local duo the record holders.

“If anybody wants to challenge them, it’s up to them to come to us.”

Knot tying has faded to the background in scouting in recent years. As serious knot tyers, Staley and some others are trying to preserve the tradition. They founded the Southern Ontario Knot Tyers, a chapter of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

This Friday through Sunday at the Dundurn Castle Coach House, the southern Ontario group is hosting the international guild’s annual conference. It’s the first time the conference has been held in Canada.

The public is invited to come out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon.

For full details, see knotcanada2014.webs.com.

Knot for trying

News Sep 30, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

The nimble fingers of two Scouts from a west Mountain troop may get international recognition this weekend.

Natalie Gordon, 13, and Draik Maskell, 15, will attempt to establish a youth record time in the six-knot challenge.

Standing in front of a specially designed jig, they will attempt to tie the six knots — sheet bend, reef, round turn/two half hitches, bowline, sheepshank and clove hitch — in under 12 seconds. They regularly break the 13-second mark.

Natalie and Draik have been training for the past year under the careful eye of John Staley, scout leader of the 81st Hamilton Scouts.

“Every month we get together and they get faster and faster,” says Staley.

“I would say they are the two fastest knot tiers, especially for their age, in North America, if not the world.”

The knot challenge is generally the domain of adults, says Staley. He hasn’t heard of many youth trying it, and there is no official record time recorded, so he considers the local duo the record holders.

“If anybody wants to challenge them, it’s up to them to come to us.”

Knot tying has faded to the background in scouting in recent years. As serious knot tyers, Staley and some others are trying to preserve the tradition. They founded the Southern Ontario Knot Tyers, a chapter of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

This Friday through Sunday at the Dundurn Castle Coach House, the southern Ontario group is hosting the international guild’s annual conference. It’s the first time the conference has been held in Canada.

The public is invited to come out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon.

For full details, see knotcanada2014.webs.com.